'Black Excellence at VCU' student video goes viral

February 18, 2016

Freshmen Johnathan Brooks and twin brothers Terrence and Terry Everett have made headlines in recent weeks with a series of videos titled “#BlackExcellence at VCU,” which have received more than 21 million views.

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First all-black comic book added to VCU Libraries’ Comic Arts Collection

February 4, 2016

VCU Libraries has acquired an extremely rare copy of All-Negro Comics No. 1, the first comic book written and drawn solely by African-American writers and artists.

“It’s one of the holy grails of comics,” said Cindy Jackson, library specialist for comic arts, who oversees VCU Libraries’ Comic Arts Collection, which has roughly 175,000 items, including more than 125,000 comic books. “It is so important to the history of comics. I’ve been in this job for 20 years and I never thought I’d ever hold one of these in my hands. And now we have one in the collection for researchers to use.”

All-Negro Comics No. 1 is a 48-page anthology comic published in June 1947 and remembered not only for being the first comic by African-American creators, but also for its positive portrayal of African-American characters — such as detective Ace Harlem and Lion Man, a college-educated, scientist superhero — in an era in which most African-American comic book characters were racist caricatures.

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VCU recognized for reducing the graduation gaps

December 2, 2015

The Education Trust, a national nonprofit advocacy organization focused on educational justice, especially for students of color and low-income students, released a report today examining six-year graduation rates over the last decade. This report identifies universities that have reduced the graduation gaps between underrepresented minority students and their white peers.


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Journey to Cultural Competence

January 5, 2016

The Division for Inclusive Excellence, Diversity Education and Retention Initiatives presents workshops and sessions throughout 2016 designed to increase our cultural awareness, challenge biases, and enhance understanding.  Sessions include:

Microaggressions in the Workplace and Classroom: Exploring the Impact of Everyday Slights and Insults:  Session participants will increase their awareness of, and knowledge about, microaggressions and their impact. Participants will also explore ways to address microaggressions in their everyday lives.

Unconscious Bias:  Session participants will explore the impact of, and negative effects of, biases in the workplace.  Participants will utilize the Implicit Association Test to probe their unconscious bias and develop awareness of implicit preferences and stereotypes

Inclusive Excellence:  Making It Real:  Participants in this session will gain a better understanding the concept of Inclusive Excellence and review the value and benefits of a diverse working and learning environment.  Participants will also be made aware of resources and opportunities at VCU to increase awareness, knowledge and skills about self and others.  

To register for any of the above noted sessions go to: and search by sponsor:  Diversity Education and Retention.

Film Series: Race: The Power of an Illusion

January 5, 2016

The Division for Inclusive Excellence invites the campus community to a film screening and discussion on the construction of race. This series (produced in 2003 by California Newsreel) challenges one of our most fundamental beliefs: that humans come divided into a few distinct biological groups. The three part series is an eye-opening tale of how what we assume to be normal, commonsense, even scientific, is actually shaped by our history, social institutions, and cultural beliefs. Please use the following links for locations and information on each episode in the series:

Episode 1: February 3, 2016, 3-5pm: The Difference Between Us

Episode 2: February 17, 2016, 3-5pm: The Story We Tell

Episode 3: March 1, 2016, 3-5pm: The House We Live In

To register go to: and search by sponsor:  Diversity Education and Retention.

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